List of NCAA men's volleyball schools

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This is a list of colleges and universities with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – sanctioned men's indoor volleyball teams that compete for either the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship or the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship.


The competition structure of men's volleyball is dramatically different from that of most sports sponsored by the NCAA. In most sports, teams are divided into three divisions:

  • Division I, generally consisting of large universities that devote the most resources to athletics; these schools offer substantial numbers of athletic scholarships to attract team members (with a few voluntary exceptions, most notably the Ivy League).
  • Division II, generally consisting of smaller institutions; these schools are also allowed to offer athletic scholarships, but in substantially smaller numbers.
  • Division III, generally consisting of smaller schools and a few large institutions that prefer to focus on academics; schools in this group are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships

Before the 2011–12 school year (2012 championship), men's volleyball did not have an official divisional structure; even now, that structure is truncated. The National Collegiate Championship remains as the NCAA's top-level championship, but Division III members now have their own championship, officially known as the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship.

With the introduction of an official Division III championship, schools in that division are no longer eligible for the National Collegiate Championship. The last exception, Rutgers–Newark, had been a grandfathered scholarship program in men's volleyball and could compete for the National Collegiate Championship through the 2014 edition. After that season, Rutgers–Newark completed a transition to D-III men's volleyball.

This structure differs from that of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship, in which separate tournaments are conducted for all three divisions, mainly because there are far more NCAA member schools offering women's volleyball than the men's game. All schools that sponsor men's volleyball and are members of either Division I or II are allowed to offer financial aid for the sport that is equivalent to a maximum of 4.5 full scholarships.

Before the creation of the NCAA Division III championship in 2012, an unofficial men's volleyball championship tournament was conducted that was open only to Division III men's volleyball programs. For sponsorship reasons, it was known as the "Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship Tournament (Final Four)". Though it never occurred, an NCAA Division III school could, before 2012, qualify for the at-large bid to the National Collegiate Championship. Only NCAA Division III teams from the EIVA were able to earn an automatic bid.

Historically, there have been three general regions for men's volleyball: "West", "Mid-West", and "East". Before the Big West Conference became the first Division I all-sports conference to sponsor men's volleyball in the 2017–18 school year (2018 season), each region was represented by one "major" conference (defined here as a league that includes full Division I member schools)—respectively the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA), and Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). The East Region is also represented by Conference Carolinas, a Division II all-sports conference that was the first all-sports league in either Division I or II to sponsor men's volleyball. It received an automatic berth in the National Collegiate Championship for the first time in 2014, when the championship expanded from four teams to six. When the Big West established its men's volleyball league, it took six teams from the MPSF men's volleyball league—half of that conference's pre-2017 men's volleyball membership. However, because the MPSF retained six teams, it kept its automatic NCAA bid, and soon announced it would add two more teams for the 2018 season. With pre-split member California Baptist dropping the sport after the 2017 season, the MPSF now has seven teams. Two conferences from the "West" now earn bids.

In Division III, the conference alignment radically changed with the creation of that division's NCAA championship. Before the 2012 season, the majority of the Division III schools with men's volleyball programs were members of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA). Other Division III schools were members of other leagues, among them the New England Collegiate Conference,[1] and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Teams from the ECAC were members of the NECVA. After the NCAA announced the creation of the D-III championship, the NECVA disbanded after the 2011 season. Two all-sports conferences whose men's volleyball programs had previously formed NECVA divisions—the CUNY Athletic Conference and Great Northeast Athletic Conference—began officially sponsoring the sport. Two other D-III all sports conferences, the North Eastern Athletic Conference and Skyline Conference, also started sponsoring men's volleyball. The volleyball-only United Volleyball Conference was founded in 2010 in advance of the establishment of the NCAA D-III championship; another volleyball-only circuit, the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC), was formed the following year. In 2014, the CVC amicably split along regional lines, with the Eastern members retaining the conference name (plus their automatic bid to the D-III championship) and the Midwestern members forming the new Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, Middle Atlantic Conference, and Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference all began sponsoring men's volleyball in the 2018 season. The New Jersey Athletic Conference added the sport in the 2019 season, and the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin will do so in the 2020 season.

Members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), a separate athletics governing body whose members are primarily smaller institutions, regularly play matches against NCAA teams.

Because of the historic lack of an official divisional structure in men's volleyball, all four of the major conferences have member schools that normally participate in NCAA Division II:

  • The 7-member MPSF men's volleyball league, otherwise made up entirely of Division I schools, has one Division II member, with Concordia–Irvine having joined from the independent ranks for the 2018 season. The conference had two D-II members in the 2017 season, California Baptist and UC San Diego, but California Baptist dropped the sport after that season and UC San Diego left to join the new Big West men's volleyball league.
  • The eight members of the MIVA consist of four full Division I members and four Division II members.
  • Like the MPSF, the 8-member EIVA consists entirely of D-I members save for one Division II school, namely Charleston (WV). Through the 2014 season, the EIVA included Rutgers–Newark, the only remaining Division III school competing for the National Collegiate Championship, until that school completed its transition to Division III men's volleyball after that season.[2]
  • The Big West, the first Division I all-sports conference to sponsor men's volleyball, launched its league with six teams—five full conference members plus D-II UC San Diego. Barring any further changes in conference membership or men's volleyball sponsorship, the Big West men's volleyball league will consist entirely of D-I members in the 2021 season, as UC San Diego will begin its transition to D-I in fall 2020.

The sizes of the conferences have fluctuated over the years as new men's volleyball programs arise and other programs are dropped from their schools. The creation of the men's Division III national championship led to several D-III schools leaving the EIVA.

Through 2013, each of the three major conferences of that day (MPSF, MIVA and EIVA) received an automatic bid to the Final Four with one additional at-large bid. The remaining bid was an at-large bid that could be awarded to any team in Division I or II (which included Rutgers–Newark through the 2014 season). With Conference Carolinas receiving its first automatic berth in the 2014 season, the tournament expanded to six teams—the four conference champions, plus two at-large teams. The top two seeds received byes into the Final Four and the remaining four teams played for places in the Final Four. The tournament expanded further to seven teams for the 2018 season, coinciding with the Big West adding men's volleyball. The Big West receives an automatic bid, and two at-large teams continue to earn tournament entries. The 2018 National Collegiate tournament introduced a "play-in" match involving the two lowest seeds in the field; from that point, the tournament format is identical to the one used from 2014 to 2017.[3] Generally, the best teams not receiving an automatic bid (usually from one of the now four major conferences) receive the at-large bids.

Current programs[edit]

All affiliations are current for the upcoming 2020 men's volleyball season. All years listed refer to men's volleyball seasons; since NCAA men's volleyball is a spring sport, any team listed as joining a new conference in the future will actually join in the calendar year before beginning competition in the new league.

National Collegiate (Divisions I & II) programs[edit]

School [4]
(Branded or known as)
Location Nickname Conference NCAA
First Latest National titles[6]
California State University, Northridge
(CSUN/Cal State Northridge)
Northridge, Los Angeles, CA Matadors Big West 2 1993 2010
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI Rainbow Warriors Big West 5+ 1995 2019 2002 (Vacated)
California State University, Long Beach
(Long Beach State)
Long Beach, CA 49ers Big West 11 1970 2019 1991, 2018, 2019
University of California, Irvine
(UC Irvine)
Irvine, CA Anteaters Big West 7 2006 2018 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013
University of California, San Diego (Division II)
(UC San Diego)
La Jolla, San Diego, CA Tritons Big West 0
(Molten DIII 2000)
University of California, Santa Barbara
(UC Santa Barbara/UCSB)
Isla Vista, CA Gauchos Big West 7 1970 2011
Barton College (Division II) Wilson, NC Bulldogs Carolinas 1 2017 2017
Belmont Abbey College (Division II) Belmont, NC Crusaders Carolinas 0
Emmanuel College (Division II) Franklin Springs, GA Lions Carolinas 0
Erskine College (Division II) Due West, SC Flying Fleet Carolinas 2 2014 2016
King University (Division II) Bristol, TN Tornados Carolinas 1 2018 2018
Lees–McRae College (Division II) Banner Elk, NC Bobcats Carolinas 0
Limestone College (Division II) Gaffney, SC Saints Carolinas 0
University of Mount Olive (Division II) Mount Olive, NC Trojans Carolinas 0
North Greenville University (Division II) Tigerville, SC Crusaders Carolinas 0
University of Charleston (Division II) Charleston, WV Golden Eagles EIVA 0
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA Patriots EIVA 4 1984 2016
Harvard University Cambridge, MA Crimson EIVA 1 2018 2018
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ Highlanders EIVA 0
Pennsylvania State University
(Penn State)
State College, PA Nittany Lions EIVA 31 1981 2017 1994, 2008
Princeton University Princeton, NJ Tigers EIVA 2 1998 2019
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT Pioneers EIVA 0
Saint Francis University
(St. Francis (PA))
Loretto, PA Red Flash EIVA 0
Alderson Broaddus University (Division II) Philippi, WV Battlers Independent 0
Coker College (Division II) Hartsville, SC Cobras Independent 0
Daemen College (Division II) Amherst, NY Wildcats Independent 0
Lincoln Memorial University (Division II) Harrogate, TN Railsplitters Independent 0
Queens University of Charlotte (Division II)
(Queens (NC))
Charlotte, NC Royals Independent 0
University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón (Division II)
Bayamón, PR Cowboys Independent 0
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (Division II)
Mayagüez, PR Tarzans Independent 0
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (Division II)
San Juan, PR Gallitos Independent 0
St. Francis College (St. Francis Brooklyn) Brooklyn, NY Terriers Independent 0
Tusculum University (Division II) Greeneville, TN Pioneers Independent 0
Urbana University (Division II) Urbana, OH Blue Knights Independent 0
Ball State University Muncie, IN Cardinals MIVA 15 1970 2002
Lewis University (Division II) Romeoville, IL Flyers MIVA 7+ 1996 2019 2003 (Vacated)
Lindenwood University (Division II) St. Charles, MO Lions MIVA 0
Loyola University Chicago
(Loyola Chicago)
Chicago, IL Ramblers MIVA 3 2013 2015 2014, 2015
McKendree University (Division II) Lebanon, IL Bearcats MIVA 0
Ohio State University Columbus, OH Buckeyes MIVA 21 1975 2018 2011, 2016, 2017
Purdue University Fort Wayne[a] Fort Wayne, IN Mastodons MIVA 6 1991 2007
Quincy University (Division II) Quincy, IL Hawks MIVA 0
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT Cougars MPSF 9 1999 2018 1999, 2001, 2004
Concordia University Irvine (In transition to Division II)
(Concordia Irvine)
Irvine, CA Eagles MPSF 0
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ Antelopes MPSF 0
Pepperdine University Malibu, CA Waves MPSF 15+ 1976 2019 1978, 1985, 1986, 1992, 2005
Stanford University Stanford, CA Cardinal MPSF 5 1989 2014 1997, 2010
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA Bruins MPSF 27 1970 2018 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006
University of Southern California
(USC/SC/Southern Cal)
Los Angeles, CA Trojans MPSF 15 1977 2019 1977, 1980, 1988, 1990

+ = 1 bid vacated by NCAA

  1. ^ Purdue Fort Wayne competed in the 2018 season as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, representing Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). That institution was dissolved on July 1, 2018, with the athletic program transferring to the newly created Purdue University Fort Wayne, the larger of IPFW's two successor institutions. In advance of this, the athletic program branding was changed to "Purdue Fort Wayne" on June 18, 2018.[7]

Division III programs[edit]

School[8] Location Nickname Conference NCAA
First Latest National titles[10]
D'Youville College Buffalo, NY Spartans Allegheny Mountain CC 0
Geneva College Beaver Falls, PA Golden Tornadoes Allegheny Mountain CC 0
Hiram College Hiram, OH Terriers Allegheny Mountain CC 0
Medaille College Buffalo, NY Mavericks Allegheny Mountain CC 0 2016
Penn State Altoona Logan Township, PA Nittany Lions Allegheny Mountain CC 1 2017 2017
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
(Penn State Behrend)
Erie, PA Behrend Lions Allegheny Mountain CC 0
Thiel College Greenville, PA Tomcats Allegheny Mountain CC 0
Wittenberg University Springfield, OH Tigers Allegheny Mountain CC 0
Baruch College Manhattan, New York, NY Bearcats CUNY AC 5 2012 2019
Brooklyn College Brooklyn, New York, NY Bulldogs CUNY AC 0
City College of New York
Manhattan, New York, NY Beavers CUNY AC 0
Hunter College Manhattan, New York, NY Hawks CUNY AC 4 2012 2018
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
(John Jay)
Manhattan, New York, NY Bloodhounds CUNY AC 0
Lehman College The Bronx, New York, NY Lightning Bugs CUNY AC 0
Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, New York, NY Cougars CUNY AC 0
York College Queens, New York, NY Cardinals CUNY AC 0
Augustana College (IL) Rock Island, IL Vikings CCIW 0
Carthage College Kenosha, WI Red Men CCIW 5 2012 2019
Greenville College Greenville, IL Panthers CCIW 0
Loras College Dubuque, IA Duhawks CCIW 0
Millikin University Decatur, IL Big Blue CCIW 0
North Central College Naperville, IL Cardinals CCIW 0
North Park University Chicago, IL Vikings CCIW 0
Cairn University Langhorne, PA Highlanders CSAC[11] 0
College of Saint Elizabeth Morristown, NJ Eagles CSAC 0
Wilson College (PA) Chambersburg, PA Phoenix CSAC 0
Rosemont College Rosemont, PA Ravens CSAC[12] 0
Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA Royals Continental VC 0
Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA Blue Jays Continental VC 0
Immaculata University Malvern, PA Mighty Macs Continental VC 0
Juniata College Huntingdon, PA Eagles Continental VC 3 2012 2017 (Molten DIII 1998, 2004, '05, '06, '07, '09)
Kean University Union & Hillside, NJ Cougars Continental VC 7 2012 2018
Marymount University Arlington, VA Saints Continental VC 0
Neumann University Aston, PA Knights Continental VC 0 0
Randolph–Macon College Ashland, VA Yellow Jackets Continental VC 0
Rutgers University–Newark
(Division I 1970–2013)
Newark, NJ Scarlet Raiders Continental VC 2
Southern Virginia University Buena Vista, VA Knights Continental VC 1 2019 2019
Colby–Sawyer College New London, NH Chargers Great Northeast AC 0
Emerson College Boston, MA Lions Great Northeast AC 0
Emmanuel College (MA) Boston, MA Saints Great Northeast AC 0
Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI Wildcats. Great Northeast AC 0
Lasell College Newton, MA Lasers Great Northeast AC 1 2015 2015
Regis College (MA) Weston, MA Pride Great Northeast AC 0
Rivier University Nashua, NH Raiders Great Northeast AC 5 2013 2019
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA Leopards Great Northeast AC 2 2016 2017
California Lutheran University
(Cal Lutheran)
Thousand Oaks, CA Kingsmen Independent 0
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown, WI Sabercats Independent 0
Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, MA Gators Independent 0
Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York, NY Cannoneers Independent 0
Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA Bearcats Independent[13] 0
Springfield College (MA) Springfield, MA Pride Independent 8 2012 2019 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
(Molten DIII 1997, 2001, '02, '03, '08, '10)
University of California, Santa Cruz
(UC Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz, CA Banana Slugs Independent 4 2012 2019
Arcadia University Glenside, PA Knights Middle Atlantic Conference 1 2019 2019
Alvernia University Reading, PA Crusaders Middle Atlantic Conference 0
Eastern University St. Davids, PA Eagles Middle Atlantic Conference 0
King's College Wilkes-Barre, PA Monarchs Middle Atlantic Conference 0
Messiah College Mechanicsburg, PA Falcons Middle Atlantic Conference 0
Misericordia University Dallas, PA Cougars Middle Atlantic Conference 0
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ Ducks Middle Atlantic Conference[14] 7 2013 2019 2015
Stevenson University Baltimore County, MD Mustangs Middle Atlantic Conference 2 2016 2018
Widener University Chester, PA Pride Middle Atlantic Conference 0
Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA Colonels Middle Atlantic Conference 0
Adrian College Adrian, MI Bulldogs Midwest CVL 0
Fontbonne University Clayton, MO Griffins Midwest CVL 1 2019 2019
Mount St. Joseph University Delhi Township, OH Lions Midwest CVL 0
Olivet College Olivet, MI Comets Midwest CVL 0
Trine University Angola, IN Thunder Midwest CVL 0
University of Mount Union Alliance, OH Purple Raiders Midwest CVL 0 0
Dean College Franklin, MA Bulldogs New England CC
(Great Northeast AC in 2021)[15]
Eastern Nazarene College Quincy, MA Lions New England CC 0
College of Our Lady of the Elms
Chicopee, MA Blazers New England CC 2 2012 2018
Endicott College Beverly, MA Gulls New England CC 6 2013 2019
Lesley University Cambridge, MA Lynx New England CC 0
Nichols College Dudley, MA Bison New England CC 0
Northern Vermont University-Johnson Johnson, VT Badgers New England CC[16] 0
Keuka College Keuka Park, NY Wolves North Eastern AC
(United VC in 2021)
Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA Chargers North Eastern AC 1 2018 2018
State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
(SUNY Polytechnic Institute/SUNY Poly)
Marcy, NY Wildcats North Eastern AC 0
State University of New York at Potsdam[17]
(SUNY Potsdam)
Potsdam, NY Bears North Eastern AC 0
Wells College Aurora, NY Express North Eastern AC 1 2019 2019
Aurora University Aurora, IL Spartans Northern ACC 0
Benedictine University Lisle, IL Eagles Northern ACC[18] 0
Concordia University Chicago Chicago, IL Cougars Northern ACC 0
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon, WI Falcons Northern ACC 0
Dominican University (IL) River Forest, IL Stars Northern ACC 2 2017 2018
Illinois Institute of Technology
(IIT/Illinois Tech)
Chicago, IL Scarlet Hawks Northern ACC 0
Lakeland University Howards Grove, WI Muskies Northern ACC 0
Marian University (WI) Fond du Lac, WI Sabres Northern ACC 0
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, WI Raiders Northern ACC 1 2019 2019
Rockford University Rockford, IL Regents Northern ACC 0
St. Norbert College De Pere, WI Green Knights Northern ACC 0
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI Warriors Northern ACC 0
College of Mount Saint Vincent The Bronx, New York, NY Dolphins Skyline Conference 0
New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ Gothic Knights Skyline Conference[19] 0
Ramapo College Mahwah, NJ Roadrunners Skyline Conference[20] 0
St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn Brooklyn, New York, NY Bears Skyline Conference 0
St. Joseph's College-Long Island Patchogue, NY Golden Eagles Skyline Conference 2 2018 2019
Sarah Lawrence College Westchester County, NY Gryphons Skyline Conference 0
State University of New York at Purchase
(SUNY Purchase/Purchase College)
Purchase, NY Panthers Skyline Conference 0
Yeshiva University Manhattan, New York, NY Maccabees Skyline Conference 0
Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Raptors United VC 0
Elmira College Elmira, NY Soaring Eagles United VC 0
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA Engineers United VC 1 2014 2014
Nazareth College (NY) Pittsford, NY Golden Flyers United VC 3 2013 2015 (Molten DIII 2011)
State University of New York at New Paltz
(SUNY New Paltz/New Paltz)
New Paltz, NY Hawks United VC 5 2014 2019 2016, 2019
New York University
Manhattan, New York, NY Violets United VC 1 2017 2017
The Sage Colleges Albany, NY Gators United VC 0
St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY Cardinals United VC 0
Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY Brewers United VC 2 2017 2018

Future programs[edit]

National Collegiate[edit]

School [21]
(Branded or known as)
Location Nickname Conference Begins
Lander University (Division II) Greenwood, SC Bearcats TBA TBA[22]

Division III[edit]

School [23]
(Branded or known as)
Location Nickname Conference Begins
Edgewood College Madison, WI Eagles NACC 2021[24]
Illinois College Jacksonville, IL Blueboys TBA 2021[25]
University of Valley Forge Phoenixville, PA Patriots CSAC 2021[26]
Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN Little Giants Midwest CVL[27] 2021[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Men's Volleyball". NECC website. New England Collegiate Conference. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Transitioning Scarlet Raiders Join CVC" (Press release). Rutgers–Newark Athletics. March 13, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Johnson, Derek (October 11, 2017). "A Few Key Changes Coming to the 2018 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament". VolleyMob. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". NCAA. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship Record Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Men's Volleyball Championship History". NCAA & Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Purdue Fort Wayne Branding Released" (Press release). Purdue University Fort Wayne. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". NCAA. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Division III Men's Volleyball Championship Record Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Baseball Championship History". NCAA & Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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  25. ^ "Men's Volleyball Added as Illinois College's 24th Varsity Sport" (Press release). Illinois College Athletics. May 14, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
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